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The 27th Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival has something for everyone

The 27th annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival had something for everyone. There was a kids section, circus lessons, dancing lessons and of course great music.

Blue hair, floral headdresses and that signature summer heat are just a few things that could be found at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds this weekend.

“We are more of a mellow, laid-back festival, but there is great energy here from everyone,” said Tony White.

“We have climbing walls, we have clowns [and] we have family areas. It’s just a big family-friendly festival and everyone likes it here — everyone from the ages of three to 90 years old.

“Everyone just has a great time.”

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For one couple, Jeff Kilbourn and Stacey Hamilton, the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival is a chance to get out and meet friends, all while listening to great music.

“We have come here for 15 years now,” said Kilbourn. “It’s a great place for her to come and mingle because we live in an isolated place on Vancouver Island and she [Stacey] doesn’t get out that often because of her mobility problems. I get the joy just seeing her have the joy, which just makes it so much better.”

“I get out and I shake my booty, you know,” said Hamilton. “I like to live my life to the fullest.”

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There are workshops where festival attendees could learn new dance moves and kids could learn a new circus trick, but some people just came to have some fun.

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“It’s probably the greatest festival on the planet that I know of. I have seen so many great shows over the years,” said Les Biggar.

The last show of the festival will go on Sunday, Aug. 18.

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